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Wydawnictwo: Hyperion
Nr katalogowy: CDA 67077
Nośnik: 1 CD
EAN: 34571170770
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Epoka muzyczna: współczesna
Obszar (język): angielski (USA)
Instrumenty: fortepian

Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be...

Hyperion - CDA 67077
Wykonawcy
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
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Utwory na płycie:
To the uninitiated it is hard to describe the musical world of the American composer Frederic Rzewski. A pianist himself, Rzewski initially made a name for himself as a champion of the avant-garde, performing everything from Cage to Boulez. In the '70s his own music took a much more populist turn as his political beliefs drove him to find a much more approachable language, basically tonal and incorporating much quotation from popular music. It is music of this period that is recorded here. The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 36 Variations on a Chilean protest song, has been likened to a twentieth-century 'Diabelli' Variations. This lengthy work is a tour de force of compositional and keyboard virtuosity, exhilarating and emotionally all-encompassing in its effect. Marc-André Hamelin has been playing the work for many years and has become one of its greatest champions, though the fact that many other pianists have also taken it up confirms that the piece is becoming a twentieth-century classic. Similiar in idiom are the two North American Ballads that complete the recital; once again popular melodies are woven into a fabric which in Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues includes the stunning representation of the mechanical noise of the mill.



GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE ; GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE

'My new piano CD of the week - possibly of the year - has to be Marc-André Hamelin's extraordinary traversal of the 36 variations on a Chilean song' (The Independent)

'I would urge all readers to hear this extraordinary recording' (Gramophone)

'A truly riveting piece of contemporary piano music' (Evening Standard)

'Canadian super-virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin has done it again, giving another rarely heard masterpiece of piano repertoire the public attention it deserves' (Billboard)

'Not to be missed on any account' (Musical Opinion)

'Never likely to be equalled, let alone surpassed' (Gramophone)

'Virtuose et artiste accompli, Marc-André Hamelin les laisse se chamailler avec une superbe et une énergie aussi aristocratiques qu'endiablées.' (Le Devoir, Canada)

'Hamelin is more than a match for this music; his art lifts it off the page and releases its intense communicative power.' (Hi-Fi News & Record Review)



Recording details: August 1998; Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom; Produced by Andrew Keener; Engineered by Tony Faulkner; Release date: April 1999;

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